The Ecologist


tar sands oil: 1/17 of 17

He listened! 'No KeyStone XL' protest in Washington, DC 18th November 2012. Photo: John Duffy ( via Flickr (CC BY_NC-SA).

Obama rejects KXL pipeline - it's the climate!

Oliver Tickell

6th November 2015

US President Obama today refused to permit the 1,200 mile Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to Nebraska that would have carried 800,000 barrels of oil a year of tarsands oil into the US, citing climate concerns. more...
Can you imagine Stephen Harper here? Justin Trudeau at the 2015 Pride Toronto parade. Photo: Alex Guibord via Flickr (CC BY-ND).

Canada's new Liberal government - an environmental renaissance?

Carol Linnitt /

21st October 2015

It's all change in Canada with the dramatic ousting of anti-environment Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, writes Carol Linnitt. Under the new Liberal PM Justin Trudeau things are looking a lot better for climate, science, environment, transparency and First Nations. But Canada is still set to go into the Paris climate talks with the same weak level of commitment. more...
Ribbon cutting ceremony for the new solar installation in Little Buffalo, Alberta. Photo: Greenpeace Canada via Youtube.

Energy democracy: Lubicon Cree build a solar dream in a tar sands nightmare

Melina Laboucan-Massimo

15th November 2015

An 500-strong Indigenous community in Alberta, the heart of Canada's environmentally catastrophic tar sands industry, is fighting back against the pollution, writes Melina Laboucan-Massimo - by cutting themselves adrift from dependence on fossil fuels, and starting up their own solar power station: a vital first step towards building a just and sustainable society. more...
The oil crash has incinerated $100s of billions of investments in extreme energy and stopped hundreds of damaging projects in their tracks. So why aren't environmentalists celebrating? Photo:  s1lang via Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Environmentalists' oil price panic reflects their own existential crisis

Paul Mobbs

8th January 2015

Low oil prices are putting a stop to some of the world's most environmentally damaging 'extreme energy' projects, writes Paul Mobbs, and may close down the entire fracking and tar sands industries. So why are so many 'Greens' issuing dire warnings, instead of celebrating the good news? more...
Keystone XL Pipeline Protest at the White House, Washington DC, November 2011. Photo: tarsandsaction via Flickr.

Keystone XL - we won! But the real battle lies ahead

Alexander Reid Ross

19th November 2014

The enabling bill for Keystone XL failed yesterday in the US Senate. Supported by all 45 Republican senators, it fell one vote short of the required 60-vote threshold. But the victory will be a temporary one, writes Alexander Reid Ross. The final battle can only be won by massive grassroots engagement and protest in communities across North America. more...
Dumper truck on tar sands road

Could politicians be charged with 'ecocide' if they approve tar sands pipeline?

Rosie Spinks

29th November, 2011

A law of ecocide could potentially see politicians who approve environmentally-damaging projects, like the tar sands pipeline between the US and Canada, face a court trial more...
Tar sands mining

Madagascar fears repeat of Canada's tar sands devastation

Tom Levitt

1st June, 2011

UK banks helping to finance oil giant Total's exploitation of tar sands on the world's fourth largest island despite lack of adequate environmental controls or regulation more...
Open cast tar sands mine in Alberta, Canada

Europe moves to ban imports of tar sands oil from Canada

William McLennan

29th March, 2011

An attempt to classify tar sands oil as more environmentally-damaging than conventional oil would effectively ban its sale within European Member States more...
Tar sands protest at BP AGM

Canada tar sands industry ignoring toxic river pollution


1st September, 2010

Study contradicts Alberta government and industry claims that pollutants are from natural sources and not from the expanding production of oil from tar sands more...
A landscape created by a love of oil

Tar sands campaign targets holidaymakers and pension funds


20th August, 2010

Climate activists stage mass protest outside headquarters of tar sands funder RBS as campaigners urge holidaymakers to boycott Canada more...
Tar sands protest at BP AGM

VIDEO: why tar sands activists took on BP

Felix Gonzales

19th April, 2010

A report from BP's recent AGM where activists fought to raise awareness of the oil giant's investment in tar sands - includes an interview with George Poitras, member of Mikisew Cree indigenous First Nation more...
Tar sands oil refinery from the air

Tar sands money could pay for desert solar or electric cars


16th March, 2010

Oil companies planning 'billion-pound blunder' into environmentally damaging tar sands production in Canada, says Co-op/WWF report more...

tar sands oil: 1/17 of 17

Tar sands protest in Canada

BP and Shell face new shareholder revolt over tar sands


26th February, 2010

Investors want oil giants to answer questions on their involvement in the environmentally damaging extraction of oil from tar sands more...
Dumper truck on tar sands road

Have greens got it wrong about tar sands?

David Strahan

8th December, 2009

For environmentalists, tar sands are a 'climate crime'; for peak oil experts, they can never do the job of ordinary crude. But neither critique tells the full story: that exploiting tar sands may worsen both the climate crisis, and the energy crisis... more...
Tar sands protest in Canada

Throw Canada out of Commonwealth for climate record


27th November, 2009

Rising emissions and support for tar oil sands leads prominent figures to call for suspension more...
A convoy of 400 ton dump trucks carries the bitumen-laden sands

Tar Sands protest comes to UK Climate Camp


18th August, 2009

Oil extraction from tar sands is causing large-scale environmental damage, say activists more...
A landscape created by a love of oil

Tar sands: tearing the flesh from the Earth

Paul Miles

18th August, 2009

As the price of oil increases again, Canada's tar sands once more look like a giant cash cow to the industry. Now, the only thing standing between the 400 ton bulldozers and rampant environmental destruction may be a small group of First Nations people... more...


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